Seminar: Ambivalence as an immigrant condition
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The Institute of Health and Community invites you to attend this seminar delivered by Professor Nancy Mandell from York University.

The concept of ambivalence is most often applied in studies of ageing and of family relationships, and less so in research on migration. Where ambivalence has been considered, it has generally been limited to the realm of public opinion on immigration and there is a gap in understanding the subjective experiences of immigrants using this lens. 

Drawing from focus groups and in-depth interviews with immigrant seniors from various ethnic groups in Toronto, Canada, we discuss the relevance and importance of ambivalence as a key construct for understanding immigrant lives. We find immigrant seniors are ideally situated to discuss and reflect on their life projects. Like non-immigrant seniors, they face conflicting emotions around their family relationships, particularly with adult children. However, unique to the immigrant condition is that immigrants must live with and come to terms with the migration decision and subsequent decisions around return migration, and work, education, childrearing, and social life in places of destination. 

These decisions and seniors' emotional responses to them occur within a broader context of immigration policies, conditions in places of destination and origin, race relations, and cultural values. We also find that seniors grapple with and resolve ambivalent emotions in mixed ways; some expressed regret while others expressed acceptance highlighting their resilience under challenging conditions.

This event is free to attend but booking is required via the Eventbrite website.

Location: Room 212, Smeaton Building, Plymouth University.

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Nancy Mandell is a Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at York University. She has published on a variety of topics including midlife women’s experiences of intimacy and family; gendered social capital; parental involvement in children’s schoolwork; the feminisation of poverty; and globalisation and transnational ageing. Her most recent SSHRC project examines economic security among senior Canadian immigrants.

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